Daniel’s Corner- A “hot” week at the Landing Community Center- July 25-29 by Daniel Priddy
I looked up the term “community” on Wikipedia recently and learned that in “regard to humans, a community is understood as a group of interacting people, possibly living in close proximity, and often refers to a group that shares some common values, and is attributed with social cohesion within a shared geographical location, generally in social units larger than a household.”
I found that definition apropos, as community is the foundation of everything we do at the Landing. It’s the purpose for its being, the reason why it’s here and is even the theme of our name. The “community” at the Landing is definitely a “group of interacting people,” that has made a commitment to provide our neighborhood (where we live in close proximity), with our “shared common values.” At the core of our values is to provide a safe and clean environment where children can learn, grow, and most importantly enjoy being kids. We love the “social cohesion” (yeah, we all get along) in our “shared geographical location” (right in the heart of beautiful downtown Eagle, Idaho) and on any bustling summer day, one can observe that are social units are made up of numerous households. Wow…we are so “wiki” friendly at the LCC.
As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, our main and only goal is to have a lasting and positive influence on the lives of the children of Eagle and beyond. We want the Landing to be a place where a child learns to like themselves, a place where confidence prospers and inspiration, wonder and vision become the norm. Our wish is to foster an environment where a child feels free to become their truest self.
A key component of the Landing goes back to that word commitment. Our commitment to parents and kids alike is that once a child sets foot on the grounds of the Landing, his or her race, ethnicity and background simply cease to exist. ”All are created equal” is a central value to our staff and the children learn by example that the difference between them does not have to separate them. They can come together as one, in a community, our community, the Landing Community.